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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #150 on: February 12, 2019, 12:00:12 PM »
After the pair of Fives, the first picture is NOT from The Record, but rather from its local step-child - the Hackensack Chronicle. The Chronicle is a weekly rag that arrives with the Friday Record, though its purpose escapes me.

It only contains news that's at least a week old - news you've already read in The Record. However, this image was NOT in The Record. If it was, you'd already have seen it in this thread.

Why?

I've been under the same Route 4 bridge as these "Volunteers" (why is that capitalized?), but I've yet to come across the section that has the nice flooring, good lighting and decent, clean clothing (that still has a dry cleaner's plastic bag over it) that the image depicts.

Nice to see that the Chronicle is picking up on The Record's ghastly habits (keep it in the family) and here's the lastest installment of said gaffes:


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #151 on: February 27, 2019, 01:10:12 PM »
The last entry in this post is NOT from The Record, but it IS related to the thread.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #152 on: March 08, 2019, 11:50:37 AM »
Today's pile of fives and flubs

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #153 on: March 09, 2019, 12:40:40 PM »
The latest fish tale from The Record stinks to high heaven

'6 best places' for fish misses Costco, H Mart and The Hill

Rebecca King, a food and dining reporter for The Record and NorthJersey.com, describes herself on Twitter as a "theater nerd, bookworm and ice cream addict." I'd like add, Knows nothing about where to buy or eat fish in northern New Jersey.

Her piece on the 6 best places to go for fish appeared on the Better Living front this past Wednesday under a clunky headline:

'FIND FRESH FARE AT FISHMONGERS'

She's even wrong about the biggest reason many people complain about living in New Jersey. She lists "traffic, rude drivers, and astronomical rents," but omits high property taxes (and local daily newspapers that Gannett, owner of The Record of Woodland Park, has turned into rags filled with sloppy or inaccurate reporting, headlines and captions).

And she's wrong when she says that because the state isn't landlocked, we "have access to beautiful, yummy fresh fish." As I discovered when I wrote a cover story for The Record's Food section in 2003, most of the fish and shellfish that reach our tables comes from out of state or out of the country.

Wild-caught fish sold in New Jersey comes from Iceland, Alaska, Canada and even Suriname, a small country in South America.

She lists only one restaurant, Seafood Gourmet, a Maywood fish market with a small dining room in the back. It's one of my favorites. But she fails to mention The Hill in Closter, a fine-dining restaurant that opened last June with a focus on seafood. The restaurant serves a "First on The Scene" menu -- a fixed-price three-course dinner with a glass of wine for only $29 during limited hours four days a week. I enjoyed a beautiful piece of pan-seared Mahi-Mahi with mushrooms and bok choy, plus a salad, dessert and glass of wine.

King's list of markets is topped by The Fish Dock in Closter, a shop run by an Icelandic couple who specialize in the incredible variety of wild fish from the pristine North Atlantic, as well as some Gulf seafood.

But she doesn't mention the seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Paramus is simply the biggest and best in northern New Jersey. And her claim that Whole Foods has "high prices" is nonsense now that the merger with Amazon has reduced prices throughout the store. Fresh Monkfish is only $8.99 a pound, and Amazon Prime members get special seafood deals.

Her list of fish markets also omits Costco Wholesale in Teterboro, which has unbeatable prices for such fresh, wild-caught fish as Icelandic cod and haddock, flounder from Canada, Silver Corvina from Suriname and Mahi-Mahi (all $8.99 a pound or less).

Also missing is H Mart, the Korean supermarket chain with an incredible variety of whole fish at its Ridgefield branch, and smaller fish counters in the Little Ferry, Fort Lee and Paramus stores. The fishmongers there will clean and prepare your fish any of 5 ways, including fillets.

Two of the photos with King's article carry awkwardly written captions:

"Neon signs in the storefront windows advertise fresh food at Seafood Gourmet in downtown Maywood." The only visible sign says, "Seafood Market."

Another photo shows the front of a Whole Foods Market, but the caption describes the place as a "grocery store."

And the cover photo showing the seafood case inside The Fish Dock in Closter appears against a dark background that makes it impossible to see any of the fish or the descriptive signs and prices.

All in all, this was another report from The Record's Better Living section and Food Editor Esther Davidowitz that was filled with misinformation or missing information.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #154 on: March 10, 2019, 03:36:15 PM »
I didn't know the Whole Foods / Amazon merger resulted in lower prices. 

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #155 on: March 11, 2019, 04:40:15 PM »
Fives & Flubs: two of the first and 17 of the second.

This HAS to be a first. It's bad enough that I find 18-20 errors in the paper every 10-14 days, but 17 flubs in THREE days? And ELEVEN of them came from the nimble fingers of writer Mr. MetScribe? (#11 is a doozie)

EGAD! That's truly shameful.




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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day (3-12-19 to 3-17-19)
« Reply #156 on: March 18, 2019, 10:20:39 AM »
3-12: 7

3-13: 3

3-14: 2

3-15: 2

3-16: 2

3-17: 4



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #157 on: March 20, 2019, 11:27:14 PM »
I didn't know the Whole Foods / Amazon merger resulted in lower prices.

Yes, Eric. It got off to a slow start, but now there are deals all over Whole Foods in Paramus. And there always were reasonable prices on Whole Foods' budget line, 365 Everyday Value, including pasta sauces, salsas, organic whole wheat pasta from Italy and so forth. Plus, there are plenty of bottles of wine under $6, including one of my favorites, a Carmenere from Chile for $5.99. If you buy 6 bottles of wine, you get another 10% off. You can still find expensive items. But if you download the Whole Foods app, you'll find a list of items on sale every week, including organic pears and apples for $1.99 a pound. But it's best to shop early in the day for sale items, which tend to run out. Cheers

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #158 on: March 20, 2019, 11:31:17 PM »
I still need help with a technical issue. Oldest items appear first under every topic and I have to scroll down each time through a long list of posts. How do I get newest items on top??????

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #159 on: March 21, 2019, 08:32:15 AM »
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #160 on: March 21, 2019, 09:18:33 AM »
The board's software doesn't support sorting, but the next-best-thing is the RSS feed. Subscribe to the feed using your RSS reader of choice (I like https://feedly.com/, but other readers are available) and add the board's URL: http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php?action=.xml;type=rss. That'll show you each new message and let you click directly to it, where you'll find its most recent friends right above it.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #161 on: March 22, 2019, 12:03:33 PM »
SLOPPY, SLOPPY, SLOPPY

When I was looking at The Record's story on the expansion of Hackensack University Medical Center, I used the version reprinted in the Hackensack Chronicle on Feb. 8. The lede paragraph by Melanie Anzidei referred to a "nine-story ... tower on Second Avenue," apparently a reference to Second Street in Hackensack.

A photo caption shows the hospital president "looking out onto Second St. in Hackensack." A second caption says, "Construction is underway on Second St. in Hackensack ... on the Second Street Tower."

And thank you to those who are trying to provide technical help.
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #162 on: March 24, 2019, 06:13:19 PM »
What The Record Had to Say About Congestion Pricing Plan In New York

The Record weighs in

Transportation writers at my local daily newspaper have never met a driver they didn't like.

On the other hand, Staff Writers John Cichowski and Curtis Tate of The Record and their editors have never, as far as I know, fretted over a struggling  trans-Hudson public transit system in one of the world's most congested metropolitan areas or called for its expansion.

Those reporters and opinion writers at the once-great daily -- now a Gannett rag based in Woodland Park -- may be kowtowing to car dealers and makers, whose advertising helps keep NorthJersey.com and the print edition afloat despite declining readership.

'Big costs?'

In a Page 1 story on Feb. 6, Tate warned that New Jersey commuters who pay Hudson River tolls to drive into the city "could face a double whammy that New York drivers coming into Manhattan from the outer boroughs would not."

But he doesn't say New Jersey drivers can reduce the impact of congestion pricing by carpooling or cut their commuting costs dramatically by switching to mass transit.

The clunky headline:

Big costs from NY
congestion pricing?

The cash toll at the three Hudson River crossings is $15 (collected going into the city), $12.50 with an E-ZPass tag during peak hours (weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and $10.50 off-peak.

Tate doesn't bother giving the E-ZPass carpool discount of $6.50 at all hours -- weekends, too --as long as there are 3 people in the vehicle.

The Port Authority told The Record 43.2 million passenger vehicles crossed the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey into Manhattan last year, but Tate doesn't say how many of those were then driven south of 60th Street into the planned congestion zone.

The Lincoln Tunnel was used by 14.4 million vehicles going to Manhattan, and 13.1 million used the Holland Tunnel, Tate said.

Will N.Y.C. be first?

New York would be the first U.S. city to adopt congestion pricing, but central London put a fee into effect in 2000.

Stockholm, Milan and Singapore also employ similar charges.

See my full comments on congestion pricing:

http://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/03/attention-nj-commuters-you-dont-have.html


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #163 on: March 25, 2019, 11:22:44 AM »
So-called Road Warrior John Cichowski retires, resigns or is dismissed

Looks like John Cichowski -- The Record transportation columnist responsible for more errors and misinformation than any other single reporter in the history of that once-great local daily newspaper -- has retired:

I found this by Googling his name today:

"Jan 6, 2019 - Sloppy roads trigger reader outrage John Cichowski, The Road Warrior, @njroadwarrior. No matter how long or enjoyable the ride, its never wise to overshoot the exit, so as of this week Im retiring as The Road Warrior for NorthJersey.com, The Record and the USA TODAY Network."

Good riddance. Cichowski and other reporters at The Record let Chris Christie, our former governor, destroy mass transit in the region without a protest -- from killing the first rail tunnel project to New York, stealing leftover transit funds to fix roads and bridges, and slashing NJ Transit aid by more than 90%. Christie also delayed a gas tax increase as long as possible, bringing the state's Transportation Trust Fund, which aids transit, to the brink of bankruptcy.

I tried to follow the link announcing his retirement, but there was nothing there.

The last item on his Twitter feed @NJRoadWarrior is from October 2017.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #164 on: March 31, 2019, 01:03:39 PM »
Note: Mr. MetsScribe is no longer with The Record. He has been replaced by Mr. JetsScribe, who will now become Mr. MetsScribe2. Better luck to you, sir.

Onward to this edition of Fives & Flubs:



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